In what he surely thought was a serious analysis from High Atop The Thing, over at Fishwrap, Michael Sean Winters, the Wile E. Coyote of the catholic Left and one of the New catholic Red Guards, looked at the beginning of the USCCB’s annual November meeting.
Comrade Coyote wrote:
Some of the bishops are good friends with Cardinal Raymond Burke who has asserted that Amoris Laetitia is not a magisterial document. [How ominous!]
Everything about the culture of the bishops argues against them ever allowing their division to be aired too obviously in public. The divisions are clear, this year most tellingly in the race for the next chair of the Pro-Life Activities Committee, which pits Cardinal Cupich against Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas. Naumann is the embodiment of the culture warrior style of episcopal leadership and Cupich personifies the consistent ethic of life approach advocated by his predecessor in Chicago, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin. No one is sure how that vote will turn out. Everyone is sure the vote will be a quasi-referendum on support for Pope Francis.
This morning the bishops voted to elect Archbishop Naumann, not Cupich, as head of the Pro-Life Committee, 96-82.
212 bishops participated in a “practice” vote. 178 voted on the matter of this committee. So, 34 abstained.
But… “Everyone is sure the vote will be a quasi-referendum on support for Pope Francis.”
It will be interesting to see what Wile E.’s analysis will be of this! NB, his ominous mention of Card. Burke. Hmmm….
CARD. BURKE HACKED THE ELECTION!
Comrade Winters has offered his inevitable penetrating analysis from his fainting couch at National Schismatic Reporter. (Take note the photo of Naumann they chose to post. Wow, do they hate him.)
Not to put too fine a point on it, but this amounted to the bishops giving the middle finger to Pope Francis.
It is revealing that Comrade Winters would think like this: Catholic bishops elect for their PRO-LIFE committee someone whose priority would be defense of the unborn and against euthanasia… and that is considered an insult to THE POPE.
If you are the Coyote, and Francis is your first Pope ehvur… then, yes, that makes sense.
Winters goes straight into NEW cATHOLIC RED GUARD attack mode. You can practically hear the whistle blowing.
The current chair [of Pro-Life] is Cardinal Timothy Dolan who, like Naumann, is a protégé of Cardinal Justin Rigali. Some of us who have been watching the bishops for a long time from the bleachers on the left have a saying about Rigali’s career: “He has ruined everything he ever touched.” In giving his committee report on Monday, Dolan singled out Naumann for praise. It was a none too subtle placing of his finger on the scales.
So, this is Winters signalling that Dolan must now be hauled into the street with a sign around his neck and “struggled” for being against Francis Thought. The Four Olds must be smashed!
This brutal attack on Card. Dolan, and of course Archbp. Naumann, was followed by what can only be characterized is as a sycophantic whine about the merits of his favored candidate. Well, done Comrade.
IN OTHER NEWS…
It has been reported that Archbp. Naumann was spotted talking to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia before the election! Kirill is said to have been carrying a dossier prepared by Card. Rigalli, the contents of which haven’t yet been determined.